Posted: 4:05 p.m. Monday, July 29, 2013
By Christian D'Andrea
Vanderbilt basketball may be without its leading scorer in 2013-2014. Junior point guard Kedren Johnson confirmed today that he was no longer enrolled at the university due to disciplinary measures.
In a brief discussion with the Tennessean's Jeff Lockridge, Johnson called the issue a "suspension" and noted that the disciplinary action "is not forever." That suggests that Johnson may be able to take the Jared Morse route and regain his status with the team. Morse, a football player, was dismissed from his team in the offseason, but made the necessary amends to wind up back in coach James Franklin's good graces this summer.
Johnson may have the opportunity to do the same, and Commodore fans everywhere have to be hoping that he will. The rising junior was Vanderbilt's on-court leader and arguably the most talented player on the roster. After playing through a shoulder injury last season, he was primed for a big winter after last season's rebuilding effort.
The news comes of the heels of reports that sophomore Kevin Bright, who emerged as a key starter in his first year at Vandy, will also leave the program in order to play professional basketball in Germany. Bright is a German native who averaged 6.9 points and 5.5 rebounds in 2012-2013. If he leaves, the entirety of Kevin Stallings's 2012 recruiting class will have all left the university after one season.
So if you're keeping track at home, Vanderbilt has potentially lost its three most encouraging young core players in the span of three months. That means that Rod Odom and Kyle Fuller will have their hands full this fall. We'll have more on the story as Johnson and the university release their official statements.